Curt Baldus is in his second season as an analyst on special teams for Florida State in 2021.
Baldus brought extensive experience to the FSU staff and has tutored six All-Americans, five NFL Draft selections, six additional NFL players and three national award semifinalists. He spent the previous seven seasons on staff at Coastal Carolina working with special teams as well as defensive backs. He was special teams coordinator in 2019 when Coastal Carolina improved from 78th to 21st nationally in ESPN’s special teams efficiency ratings and ranked sixth nationally with a Sun-Belt-best average of 15.2 yards per punt return. During his tenure at Coastal, the Chanticleers won 56 games, including three straight NCAA Playoff appearances and back-to-back Big South championships, and Baldus personally worked with nine all-conference selections. His athletes broke program records for longest field goal, most field goals made in a season, highest single-season field goal percentage, highest season punt average and longest punt.
Baldus joined the Chanticleers from Nebraska, where he spent a total of six seasons. He was an offensive quality control in 2006 before serving as a graduate assistant from 2008-12, working with the wide receivers from 2008-10 and defensive line and special teams from 2011-12. During his time with the Cornhuskers, the team claimed four division titles and played in six bowl games. In 2012, Nebraska led the nation in pass defense.
In 2007, he coached at Buffalo working with the offensive line, kickers and punters. That year, the Bulls shared the MAC East championship to claim the first division title in program history. Baldus began his career as a graduate assistant on offense at St. Cloud State from 2002-04. The Huskies won 24 games over three seasons behind an offense that ranked 10th nationally in 2002 and ninth in the nation in 2003.
Baldus played defensive back, linebacker, punter and kicker at Gustavus Adolphus College. He was an all-conference kicker and also was recognized on the academic all-district team. Baldus earned his bachelor’s degree in both physical education and health fitness from Gustavus Adolphus in 2002. He completed a master’s degree in both physical education and sport management from St. Cloud State in 2004 and earned a master’s degree in education administration from Nebraska in 2011.
He is married to Dr. Karoline Baldus, who is a biology/genetics professor at Coastal Carolina University.